In the very early stages of pregnancy, it’s hard to know if you’re pregnant or not. There are a few signs that may indicate pregnancy, but the only sure-fire way to know is to visit a doctor and have a pregnancy test.
This can help if:
- you think you might be pregnant
- the contraception you used didn’t work and you’re worried that you’re pregnant
- you want to help a friend who thinks they might be pregnant.
Physical signs of pregnancy
In the early stages of pregnancy, it’s common to:
- miss a period, or have an irregular period
- feel tired and low on energy
- feel nauseous (with or without vomiting)
- need to wee more than usual
- have sore, swollen or tender breasts and nipples.
Remember that these things can all occur when you’re not pregnant, too.
How do I find out if I’m pregnant?
If you have more than a couple of the above signs and you’ve recently had sex, you should take one of the following steps to find out if you’re pregnant:
- Do a home pregnancy test. These are available from the supermarket or a pharmacy and usually cost around $10–$20. If the test is positive, make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.
- Go to a family planning clinic. You can find a service near you on the Family Planning Alliance website. They can do a blood test to determine if you’re pregnant.
- Visit a GP, who can do a blood test to determine if you’re pregnant.
What should I do if I’m pregnant?
If your results are positive, there are a few next steps that you need to take.
- Talk to someone. This could be a trusted friend or family member, or a professional. There is help available through Family Planning Alliance Australia.
- Learn more about the options available if you’re not ready to have a baby right now. Talking to your doctor or Family Planning Alliance Australia is a good place to start.
What can I do now?
- Read about how to tell your parents (or parental figure) that you’re pregnant.
- Take a pregnancy test.
- Make an appointment with a doctor or sexual health clinic.